Thursday, 10 December 2020
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
Social and Affordable Housing
257. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of households categorised as living in overcrowded accommodation on the social housing list by local authority in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42673/20]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 257 and 261 together.
Details on the number of households qualified for social housing support in each local authority area is provided in the annual statutory Summary of Social Housing Assessments (SSHA).
The most recent summary, conducted in June 2019, shows that 68,693 households were assessed as qualified for and being in need of social housing support. This represents a decrease of 3,165 households or 4.4% on the last assessment in June 2018. Since 2016, the numbers have decreased from 91,600 to 68,693, a reduction of 25%.
Below is the link to the summary report for 2019 which includes breakdowns by each local authority, across a range of categories. Table 2.5 and Table A1.5 of the summary ‘Main Need for social housing support’ reports on the number of households that are qualified for and in need of social housing support due to their current accommodation being overcrowded.
It should be noted that due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the 2020 assessment was delayed and has only recently been conducted. The summary report of the 2020 assessment will be published in due course.